Peg Peoples


Peg Peoples is Director of Bard’s Institute for Writing & Thinking and International Faculty Development. She has been at Bard full-time since 2005, teaching writing and First Year Seminar. Since 2012, as Director of IWT, she has been leading and organizing faculty development workshops and developing programs at the secondary and post-secondary levels both nationally and internationally. Prior to Bard College, she taught writing at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Arts & Sciences in New York City, Pratt Institute, and was Associate Director of the National Academy of American Poets and prior Publishing Director of Alice James Books.  From 2010 – 2012, Peg was the Bard Faculty Representative and Director of College Writing at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where she helped develop the General Education Curriculum, First Year Seminar Program, established a Writing Center, and inaugurated AUCA’s Language & Thinking Program.  She is a member of the Education Advisory Group for the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, works closely with the network of Bard High School Early Colleges, and Bard College’s partner and collaborating institutions in Russia, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, and Germany. In her role as director, she oversees both the national and international program development of the Bard Institute for Writing & Thinking, and the Bard Language and Thinking Program.


Erica Kaufman

Associate Director

Erica Kaufman is the Associate Director of Bard’s Institute for Writing & Thinking. Prior to joining IWT full-time, she taught in the English Department at Baruch College, worked with the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute on Writing and Communicating Across the Curriculum Initiatives, and served as a Curriculum Specialist for the Holocaust Educators Network. Kaufman has been a visiting writer and visiting professor at Naropa University, Evergreen State College, and Parsons the New School for Design. Her publications include the full-length poetry collections INSTANT CLASSIC (Roof Books 2013) and Censory Impulse (Factory School 2009). She is the co-editor of NO GENDER: On the Life and Work of kari edwards (Venn Diagram 2009) and of Adrienne Rich: Teaching at CUNY, 1968-1974 (Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, 2014). Scholarly writing has appeared or is forthcoming in: The Color of Vowels: New York School Collaborations (ed. Mark Silverberg, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), Open Space/SFMOMA, Parkett, Rain Taxi, Jacket2, and Tripwire. She holds a B.A. from Douglass College, Rutgers University, an M.F.A. from New School University, and is completing a dissertation in Composition and Rhetoric at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Celia Bland 

International Coordinator

Celia Bland is the International Coordinator of Bard’s Institute for Writing & Thinking (IWT).  She works with faculty from Bard’s partner institutions around the world, leading IWT workshops on such topics as designing a syllabus, teaching engaged reading, and responding to student writing. She came to Bard in 1999 and has held the positions of Director of College Writing, Director of the Bard Academic Resources Center, Dean of Studies, and Writer-in-Residence. Her poetry and prose has recently appeared in Poetry International, The Boston Review, The Evergreen Review, Drunken Boat, The Cortland Review, The Narrative Review, and Lumina. Her essay, “Secret Book Written in the Dirt,” is in an upcoming collection devoted to the poetry of Jean Valentine (University of Michigan). Her poetry collection, Soft Box, appeared in 2004 and her collaboration with visual artist, Dianne Kornberg, The Madonna Comix, with an introduction by Luc Sante, appeared in 2013.

Teresa Vilardi 

Senior Consultant 

Teresa Vilardi was assistant director of IWT from 1984 until 2001, and director from 2001 until 2012. She now serves as the liaison between IWT and Bard's MAT program, developing training workshops for both MAT faculty and IWT faculty. She earned her B.A. at Barnard College and M.A. in medieval and Renaissance history from Columbia University, and has studied in the Program in Psychology and Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She has taught history at the State University of New York in Binghamton; the College of Wooster in Ohio; Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York; history and women's studies at Broome County Community College in Binghamton; and taught in Bard’s Freshman Seminar Program. She was co-editor of New Methods in College Writing Programs: Theories in Practice (MLA, 1986); Writing to Learn Mathematics and Science (Teachers College Press, 1989); and Writing-Based Teaching: Essential Practices and Enduring Questions (SUNY Press, 2009).